The Department for Transport just confirmed that learner drivers will be allowed to drive on motorways from 2018, as long as the lesson is in a dual-control car with an approved driving instructor. Amanda Stretton, Confused.com motoring editor and former racing driver, explains why the changes will be safer for all in the long run:
“Allowing learner drives to practice on motorways is something that the public and approved driving instructors have long been asking for. It means that less-experienced drivers will learn how to use motorways safely before they get their licence.”
“We investigated the December 2017 UK Driving Test changes when they were first announced earlier this year and discovered that almost three quarters (73%) of people polled thought that motorway testing should be added to the test. While driving on the motorway still won’t officially be tested, allowing learner drivers to practice could be a significant step to improving the standard of driving in the UK - and see it added in the future."
“We encourage learners to keep calm when driving on motorways for the first time. We also encourage drivers to pay close attention to the motorway rules and speed limits to ensure safely for all on our roads.”